The Briscoe Western Art Museum (San Antonio, Texas) raised a record-breaking $2.4 million during the first weekend of the 2018 “Night of Artists” Art Sale & Exhibition, including nearly $1.9 million in total art sales.
From the museum:
This year’s show is the biggest to date with more than 280 works of painting, sculpture, and mixed media art on display by 74 contemporary Western artists. Proceeds from the sale benefit the programs, exhibits, and collections of the Briscoe Museum.
Now in its 17th year, the Briscoe’s annual fundraising event was revamped for 2018 with the addition of the Bison Society Collectors Summit, a live art auction hosted by legendary auctioneer Troy Black, and the addition of several new artists.
Top sellers at the live art auction included “Warriors on the Greasy Grass” by Martin Grelle, which sold for $150,000 and “Grizzly Bear Man” by Z.S. Liang which commanded a price of $70,000.
More than 800 artists, sponsors, and guests attended 2018 “Night of the Artists” opening weekend. Internationally recognized artists participating in the show include Billy Schenck, Mark Maggiori, Logan Maxwell Hagege, Tim Cherry, Sandy Scott, John Coleman, Jan Mapes, George Hallmark, Kent Ullberg, and Kim Wiggins. The range of subjects reflects the vastness of the great American West from dreamy landscape vistas, to rugged frontier cowboys, historic missions, and detailed Native American themes.
The public exhibition and sale continues through May 6 at the Briscoe Museum’s Jack Guenther Pavilion, located at 210 W. Market Street on the San Antonio River Walk, with all unsold artwork available for purchase. The exhibition is free with museum admission. Get a preview of this extensive collection of art on the Briscoe website gallery at BriscoeMuseum.org/gallery.